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From Fathers to Wish Dads

Wish Dads

This Father’s Day we celebrate what it means to be a wish dad

We invite you to read what local wish dads are saying, as they have witnessed the life-affirming mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand. Fathers like Andrew, Andy, and John - whose children experienced a break from their daily medical treatments and were given the life-changing gift of a wish.

These men are just a handful of fathers whose lives were transformed because of generous supporters like you. On behalf of these dads and all of our wish dads, we thank you for your continued support of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

We hope you enjoy reading these inspirational testimonials as much as we did. Then, we encourage you to honor a father in your life, by celebrating what it means to love and be loved this Father’s Day.

 Andrew & Ruby Andrew & Ruby

Q: What impact did Ruby's wish have on her and your family?

A: Ruby’s wish experience really gave her something to look forward to that was unique to her. Her wish to have a room redo allowed her to forget about her problems and focus on not only the end wish, but also the process of redoing her room (the design, furniture, accessories, etc.) It was something that was truly her in every way. As a family, we have been so fortunate to get to know and become lifelong friends with our wish granters. Everyone we meet from Make-A-Wish feels like family.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish dad”?

A: After seeing the wish process firsthand, I think the most important part of being a wish dad is to help bring awareness to Make-A-Wish to as many people as possible, either personally or by supporting Ruby as a wish ambassador. Once you become part of the Make-A-Wish “family,” there are so many opportunities for outreach. It is truly an amazing experience.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: There is something really special about seeing a child receive their wish. When a lot of things in life don’t feel right or fair for these children battling critical illnesses, the joy the child and wish family get from the wish experience is so satisfying to see and be a part of.

 Andy & Milo Andy & Milo

Q: What impact did Milo's wish have on him and your family?

A: Milo’s wish changed the way he viewed and talked about his cancer. Before his wish, he used to not want to talk about it with other people, because I assume it made him feel different than other kids. Now, he talks about his cancer in a positive way because it is tied to his wish being granted.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish dad”?

A: As a dad, I want to be able to do anything I can to help Milo and make his life easier for him. However, there are limits to what one dad can do, but by becoming a wish dad, it helped me have an amazing organization to partner with to make my son’s wish come true. It’s a life-changing experience.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: When a child goes through an experience like Milo’s, it impacts the child’s whole community. His wish helped not only our family, but his friends and their families bring closure to this chapter of his life. It is an amazing feeling to know by supporting Make-A-Wish, you will help another child receive their wish and bring joy to their family and community.

 John & Braxton John & Braxton

Q: What impact did Braxton's wish have on him and your family?

A: Braxton’s wish helped him realize this phase of his life is over. It definitely helped him begin a new chapter of his life and become a kid again.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish dad”?

A: Being a Wish Dad made me realize what is truly important in life. After witnessing the mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand, I believe support in any capacity is the key for wish kids to gain the willpower to make it through anything.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: Supporting Make-A-Wish in any way you can will make a huge difference to wish kids and their families. I believe a wish gives the wish kid the momentum and hope they need to get through the last bit of treatment. 

Carter , 8

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

I wish to meet the St. Louis Cardinals

Carter met his favorite Cardinals players and threw out the first pitch!

Jo Jo , 4

Neuroblastoma

I wish to be a farmer

Farmer Jo Jo Experiences Life on the Farm

Fritz , 17

Cystic Fibrosis

I wish to go and visit the KY Ford Truck Plant

Fritz wanted to meet the people who make America’s most superior truck

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